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Born: Sep 04, 1967

Date of Passing: Feb 27, 2023

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September 4, 1967 – February 27, 2023

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Karolyn Michele Ryback (nee Pfeifer), age 55, in her sleep on February 27, 2023, after a long battle with cardiovascular issues.
Karolyn will be forever missed by her loving husband Emilio Guercio; her stepchildren Steven Guercio (Allison), Rob Guercio (Genvieve), Jamie Guercio (Anna); and her stepgrandchildren, Charlie, Jules, Georgia and Abbi; her nephew Dean Pfeifer (Teresa); great-nephew Rhys; great-nieces Tasia, Aubrey and Anastasia; and her close friends Victoria and Rick Preston; Sheila Jensen Eirickson; Mona Steen; and her loving dog Benjamin.
Karolyn was predeceased by her parents Harry and Ruth Pfeifer, and her son Brock.
Karolyn was born in Winnipeg Manitoba on September 4, 1967. Karolyn attended Sisler High School and after graduation embarked on a career in sales that eventually led her to become a Real Estate agent for the majority of her working life. As a Real Estate agent she was highly respected and successful, most recently with Royal LePage. Karolyn loved to travel especially to all-inclusive resorts in warm climates. She also loved to cook and donated her time and efforts in catering charitable events.
As she requested Karolyn was cremated, and a memorial service in her honour will be held on Wednesday, April 5, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at the Coutu Funeral Home located at 680 Archibald Street.
In Lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Friends and family are invited to sign the online book of condolences and share memories at

E.J. Coutu & Co. Funeral Directors

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 25, 2023

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • I was/am shocked and very saddened to hear of Karolyn's passing. My greatest memories were of Karolyn and I going for accordion lessons together. Her dad, Harry, and my dad would take us for our lessons every week and after each lesson we always stepped off at Gunn's bakery for some sort of treat. Although we had lost contact during our adulthood my memories are forever in my heart. RIP Karolyn. - Posted by: Shelley Stapleton (nee Bilous) (Childhood friend and Accordion Partners) on: Apr 16, 2023

  • I was saddened to hear Karolyn had passed away. She was kind, generous and truly a nice person. She had style! We had lost touch over the last several years. I will always remember the fun times we had. Rest in peace Kari - Posted by: Becky Parkes (business associate/friend) on: Apr 05, 2023

  • I met Karolyn when we were 5, even back as a child Karolyn had a charm about her. Classy and stylish as a teenager. Her kind heart was always evident. We lost touch in adulthood and I was saddened to hear of her passing. Rest in peace Karolyn - Posted by: Gae (Childhood friend ) on: Mar 28, 2023

  • I met Karolyn at Shaugnessy Park School; we were in the same Grade 5 classroom. Alongside other friends, Nanette Godbout, Dee Dee Godfrey, Lydia Kasunic, etc., we became friends. I remember how bright she was; her intelligence, eyes and smile. And she had a laugh that is unforgettable. Karolyn was not a pushover, but she was kind and warm. May your faith see you amongst the angels and saints, and may the life you led be cause for celebration in heaven. Rest in peace, dear lady. - Posted by: Mary Regan (nee Boychuk) (Friend) on: Mar 25, 2023

  • Sorry to hear of her passing. K was always smiling and happy We met K as a realtor, when we moved back to Winnipeg. She helped sell and buy homes for us but she was more to us then a realtor. We truly considered her as a great friend. A sweet soul who was so caring. She never sold us a house, she sold us a home. Will be dearly missed by us. - Posted by: Barry and Monica (Friends and clients ) on: Mar 25, 2023

  • I have been so sad since I heard the terribly shocking news of Karolyn's passing. I send my love, thoughts and prayers to Emilio and all who loved her. Karolyn and I worked together at RE/MAX, we were great friends for many years. I learned a lot from her, we had so many good times together. Karolyn will always be in my thoughts and in my heart. R.I.P Karolyn xoxo - Posted by: Robin Sherman (Friend) on: Mar 25, 2023

  • I have been retired from Real Estate for a long time but remember Karolyn well. She was a very friendly out going person. Lots of good memories! Condolences to her family and close friends. Suzanne Hall . - Posted by: Suzanne Hall (I was also a Real Estate Agent) on: Mar 25, 2023

  • A lovely tribute to a beautiful person. I worked with Karolyn for many years when she was with RE/MAX. A truly warm n kind person. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends. - Posted by: Lesley Cass (Coworker) on: Mar 25, 2023

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